Ascension Eagles soar in Scotland
Ascension Eagles Junior Coed team competed in the 7th annual ScotCheer Scottish Nationals and European Cheer and Dance Championships April 1st-2nd, 2006.
More than fifty Ascension Eagles and their fans flew from London City Airport to Scotland via ScotAirways.
Team member Chelsey Dezso, 14, Custom House said, “I have never been on a plane before and this was a really good experience for my first time. The flights we took there and back were really good and the flight attendants were polite and helpful.”
“The flight was comfy and the crew made everyone feel welcome. Scot Airways is the best way to travel to Scotland!” said team member Lucy Boswell, 14, Custom House.
Sharice Sammy-Peters, 11, agreed, “The staff on Scot Airways really looked after us and made sure we arrived safely.”
Upon arriving in Scotland, the 25 team members, aged 8-15, spent the day exploring Edinburgh, before travelling to Perth for the evening.
After a good night’s rest, they woke to face the challenges of the first round of competition.
Twelve hundred cheerleaders competed in this year’s Championships. At the end of the first day, Ascension Eagles were ranked top in their division.
“It was an exciting experience for me as it was only my second competition as an Ascension Eagle. It was nice to spend a weekend with our team mates and coaches because it was a good chance to grow closer and to bond together,” said Holly Gerard, 15, Custom House.
On day two of the championships, Ascension Eagles combined their energy and talent to give a top-notch performance. When the results were announced, the team were ecstatic with their First Place result.
“Everyone on our squad was really happy when we won the first place trophy and I could also tell that the coaches were really happy for us. They knew that we could win because they believed in us so much which I think makes the squad believe in ourselves,” said Chelsey Dezso.
Team member Holly Gerard added, “I am very pleased with our team for winning first place, but it doesn’t stop here!”
Phillippa Raybe agreed, “Being at this competition and seeing other teams perform has made me want to work much harder to be the best. I think other people in JV have realised that if we want to win then we are going to have to work much harder and support each other more. I know and the rest of JV and the coaches know we have the potential and ability to do well. We are determined to be the best we can be as we prepare for our summer competitions.”
Parent Nicola Peters said, “These children put their all in on the competition floor and were amazing -- as usual! The cheers and support they got from other squads and spectators was amazing. It goes to show that AEC have earned the right to be called champions not just because of how good they can perform, but because of the way they act- always being respectful to other squads and the public.We are proud of them.”